Environmental Benefits of Composting – Improving the Soil Naturally

Composting is an excellent way to create nutrient-rich soil for your garden or flowerbed, but it's also a natural way to benefit the environment.

Did you know that nearly a third of the trash that each household sends to the landfill is organic and could be composted?

There are several long-range benefits of sending less trash to the landfills as you might imagine, but the environmental benefits of composting can be short-term as well, benefiting you right in your own back yard.

What's the big deal about composting? Why should we do it? Let's take a look at some of the reasons we should compost.

· Organic materials that have been broken down naturally will add nutrients to soils that might otherwise have very few or no nutrients

· Compost materials added to a lawn or garden will help the soil retain moisture

· An all natural fertilizer with no chemicals added

· Can help prevent erosion

· Helps prevent pests or diseases from attacking plants and flowers

· Crops are bigger and better when supplemented with compost

· Landfills benefit because less organic material in the landfill means less methane gas is created and leached into the soil and air

· Compost can protect surface water resources by binding chemicals in the soil

· Actually improves the structure and viability of the soil

· Soil pH is improved when compost is added
· Encourages the healthy development of strong plant roots

· Heavy soils can be used to grow foods and flowers with compost added

· Adds organic materials back into the soil without the addition of chemicals

· Compost can help
"clean up" contaminated soil by binding the harmful VOCs, PAHs, and chemicals in the soil

· Creates ideal soil for vegetables and fruits – flavors will be amazing

· Saves money for you and for the city – you'll spend less on fertilizers for your garden and flowerbeds and the city will spend less on waste collection

· Clay soil drainage is improved with the addition of compost

Compost – Nature's Gold

Imagine black, rich, crumbly soil in your hands that doesn't smell and yet is jam-packed with nutrients for your soil. Compost is nature's gold!

It's essentially free to create this wonderful addition to your soil and yet a lot of people don't even consider it as an option.

You will see amazing results in your garden vegetables, fruit trees, and even your flowers when you add rich compost to the soil.

Compost is a natural fertilizer and pesticide all in one and it contains more nutrition for plants than even peat moss!

What Can You Add to Your Compost Pile?

The general rule is you can add anything that is organic or not synthetically derived. Examples include: coffee grounds, dryer lint, fresh grass clippings, tea bags, dead garden plants, sawdust, vegetable peelings or leftovers, rind of citrus fruits, breads and grains, eggshells, vacuum cleaner lint, fireplace ashes, fruits, cotton or wool rags, and shredded newspaper.

Please do not add the following to your compost pile: meat, oil or grease, lard, pet droppings, fish, bones from animals, or dairy products. It's best not to add weeds from the garden either or else those could spread in any area where you use your finished compost.

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